|Founded by||Haihmunga Hlawncheu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Mizoram|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Lawngtlai E & W|
Lawngtlai is the district headquarters of Lawngtlai district in the state of Mizoram in India. It is also the headquarters of Lai Autonomous District Council, one of the three autonomous district councils in Mizoram (the other two being Mara Autonomous District Council and Chakma Autonomous District Council).
Lawngtlai village was established by Haihmunga Hlawncheu, a Lai Chief, in 1880 at present Vengpui. It has been named "Lawngtlai" as one day the Chief Haihmunga Hlawncheu seized a boat that was drifting down Kaladan river hence the name Lawng-tlai, which means Lawng=boat, and tlai=seized.
According to Mizoram state government Statistical Handbook of 2008, Lawngtlai has a population of 18,959 with 3,246 households; that makes Lawngtlai the second biggest town in Southern Mizoram after Saiha, also known as Siaha. Saiha, a fast-growing town, has a population of 29,275 with 4,560 households in the same year.
Majority of the people belong to Lai group. They are small part of a much larger Chin people in Chin State, Burma. However, nowadays most Lais speak Mizo as their first language. Lais in India in general were earlier known as Pawis by outsiders.
A helicopter service by Pawan Hans has been started which connects the Aizawl with Lawngtlai. The distance between Lawngtlai and Aizawl through NH 54 is 296 km and is connected with regular service of bus and jeeps. The state government has proposed to extend the railway up to Lawngtlai. Lawngtlai is also going to be the nodal point in India for the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project which will link the town with Setpyitpyin (Kaletwa) in Myanmar through a 62 kilometre highway.
The major newspapers in Lawngtlai are:
- Chhawkhlei Times
- Lai Aw
- Lai Ram
- Lawngtlai Post
- Phawngpui Express
- Ram Eng
- LH Chhuanawma (2006). Problem and Prospect of Urbanization in Lawngtlai. Mittal Publications.
- "MIZORAMA HELICOPTER SERVICE TUR CHIEF MINISTER IN HAWNG". Mizoram DIPR. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Nilaini atangin ‘Helicopter Service". The Zozam Times. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Aizawl to Siaha". Mizoram NIC. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Samaw.com: Railway upto (sic) Lawngtlai – South Mizoram proposed
- Phukan, Papori. "Kaladan Multi-Modal Project In Myanmar". Manipur Online. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Accredited Journalists". DIPR Mizoram. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Lawngtlai Post". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
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